Our Director, Alex Foster, is an Art Historian with a real interest in Antique Frames, the history of framing, and the presentation of art. There have been so many different styles of frame in vogue over previous centuries that ensuring that the right style of antique frames are chosen for an artwork needs some careful thought and perspective. If the right choice of antique frame can be made it can add real value to the presentation of an artwork, even though it may take some time to find.
Artworks, however, also often come in their own original antique frames, which have sadly suffered over the years. Restoring antique frames to their former glory is a particular enthusiasm for Alex and is a service we undertake regularly.
For help finding the right antique frames, advice on historical styles, or for antique frame restoration please contact us and arrange to come in and see Alex Foster in person at the shop.
The process of restoring antique frames needs an attention to detail and the capability to bring a wide range of craft skills and art historical knowledge to the task. We mould replacement pieces for antique frames to restore losses and damage to mouldings and decorative features. We then make good the surface with the appropriate approach, whether this is re-gilding areas, or touching up the surfaces with gold paint, and gilt creams so that the surface matches the rest of the frame perfectly. It is always a real pleasure to see antique frames come back to life after years of damage and neglect.
Antique frames can also make a real style statement as an iconic way of producing an eye catching mirror as a feature of a bespoke curated interior. This approach to re-purposing antique frames can be enhanced even further by the use of antiqued glass to show the patina of time, particularly when installed in an otherwise contemporary space.